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37 Cars on 12H Sebring Entry List

Entry list for 12H Sebring released; eight cars to battle for overall honors in DPi…

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The entry list for the 68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring has been released with a total of 37 cars set to tackle round two of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

There are few surprises on the list, although recently-signed Ferrari works driver Nicklas Nielsen is set to make his IMSA debut with Risi Competizione in the Houston-based privateer’s Ferrari 488 GTE Evo alongside Daniel Serra.

Nielsen, who won the European Le Mans Series GTE title last year, is currently top of the points in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE-Am class.

Risi has so far only named two drivers for its No. 62 Ferrari, which is part of a seven-car GT Le Mans field.

One notable driver lineup adjustment in the GT Daytona class is the addition of Larry ten Voorde to the Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race winner ten Voorde will share the car with Jeroen Bleekemolen and team owner Tim Pappas.

Trenton Estep and Porsche factory driver Sven Mueller joined Bleekemolen and Pappas at Black Swan for the Rolex 24.

Ten Voorde most recently made two WEC appearances with Team Project 1, sharing its Porsche 911 RSR with Bleekemolen, although Sebring will mark the Dutchman’s first time driving one of the German manufacturer’s GT3 cars.

There are no lineup changes of note in the DPi class, which features the same eight cars that raced at Daytona.

Wayne Taylor Racing will aim to extend its early lead in the championship with Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon who will co-drive its Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Five cars are entered in LMP2 while all of the teams have slimmed their lineups down from the customary four-driver Daytona crews to three drivers for Sebring.

Former Juncos Racing DPi driver Will Owen has joined PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports and will share the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson with Simon Trummer and Patrick Kelly.

Additionally, Colin Braun will make his first appearance for Era Motorsport after signing on as the team’s third driver for the remaining Michelin Endurance Cup races.

A total of 17 cars will compete in the GTD category, marking a reduction of one from Daytona courtesy of the No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 not returning.

The only ‘TBD’ slot on the grid, in Precision Performance Motorsport’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, is set to be taken up by Richard Antinucci.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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